About the Medina Lab

The Medina Lab has been studying cnidarian-algal-microbial interactions for several years. We use a combination of ecological, physiological, and genomic techniques to understand  these interactions. Our species of study are Cassiopea xamachana (the Upside-down Jellyfish) and the dominant reef-building Orbicella coral species complex,  along with other important Caribbean coral species.

Our recent projects address a series of evolutionary questions using a comparative multi-‘omics approach.  We are involved in the Global Coral Microbiome Project and the Earth Microbiome Project 500 to describe the microbial communities of several coral species around the world.  More information can be found on our Research and Members pages.

We are located in the Department of Biology at the Pennsylvania State University.